This past weekend, the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle held their Annual Conference. On Sunday October 16, 2017 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, in New York, Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades was installed as Archon Kastrinsios along with Lt. Governor Zenon Christodoulou who was bestowed the title of Archon Skevophylax. They are both very honored to be a part of the 2016 Class of Archons of the Order of Saint Andrew.
An Archon is an honoree by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for his outstanding service to the Church, and a well-known distinguished, and well-respected leader of the Orthodox Christian community.
It is by the grace of God that the Archon has been able to offer his good works and deeds of faith. Further, it is the sworn oath of the Archon to defend and promote the Orthodox Christian faith and tradition. His special concern and interest is to serve as a bulwark to protect and promote the Sacred See of St. Andrew the Apostle and its mission. He is also concerned with the human race’s inalienable rights wherever and whenever they are violated – and the well-being and general welfare of the Christian Church. This honor extended by the Ecumenical Patriarchate carries with it grave responsibilities, deep commitments, and sincere dedication.
Consequently, it is of utmost importance that this honor of obligation be bestowed upon individuals of proven Orthodox Christian character, who conform faithfully to the teachings of Christ and the doctrines, canons, worship, discipline, and encyclicals of the Church. Those selected to serve as Archons have demonstrated a commitment greater than average toward the stewardship of time, talent and treasure for the betterment of the Church, Parish, Diocese/Metropolis, Archdiocese and the community as a whole. An Archon must truly be deserving of the proclamation: AXIOS, AXIOS, AXIOS!
On behalf of the Order of AHEPA, we wish to congratulate both the Supreme President Andrew Zachariades and the Lt. Governor Zenon Christodoulou. Thank you for what you do for the Order of AHEPA and the community. Axios!
Asteris Fanikos, PDG